Sandwashed Silk Satin

satinHi there, just wondering if you could help me a little. I am having a dress made in which I have enclosed a picture, the under dress is made of Sandwashed Silk Satin and the Wings on top are made of Silk Chiffon. I don’t know anything about dyeing material and I am having trouble trying to find someone local in England where I live to dye it for me. Apparently the process is called Ombre dyeing, though I don’t know what this term means. I was wondering if you know any websites that give instructions on how to do this as I have sample pieces to practice with, As you can see from the photo the Colors are very light and start from Yellow through Oranges to Pink and then Lilac at the bottom. Can you help me? Regards Tracy

Hi Tracy,
you have chosen a beautiful fabric and design!
Ombre dyeing, which means a gradation of color or colors (Ombre means “shadow” in French), is not for beginners. I haven’t tried it myself, but I have looked at several instructional sites and talked to experienced dyers who are trying it. A couple of dye houses, located in the U.S. and Canada, will custom dye fabrics as you specify. Check out www.dyeproservices.com in Canada. You can also do a search on Google or Ask.com for Ombre fabric dyeing and see what you come up with. Some of the textile crafter sites will entertain questions or may have more detailed instructions if you want to pursue learning the art and science of silk fabric dyeing.
good luck!

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